It is so important for teachers to come together and collaborate. My school actually has put teachers in collaboration teams and we meet twice a month to sharpen each other and grow together as educators. I think that this relationship also creates an open environment for teachers to also bring collaboration to the classroom. An example of this is when I went on an art graffiti field trip with my mentor teacher’s art dimensions class. I filmed the students spray-painting a community board while my mentor teacher helped to direct students. The trip ended with supportive parents bringing cinnamon rolls for everyone to eat, while we all enjoyed the finished artwork. The collaboration continued because I taught a high level student in my video production class how to edit the footage from the day. This was an event that opened the door to connect two very different classrooms and teachers, and gave students the opportunity to explore their gifts together. It brought together the surrounding community and gave an open invitation for families to be a part of this experience. The student’s finished work can be viewed below and displays the collaboration of teachers, parents, and students.


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